Welcome to the first of three hotseats on the topic of ICT in education.
What a week to start our hotseat, just a Michael Gove has announced that he intends replacing school ICT with computer science programmes! I'm sure that story, as it unfolds, will provide lots of stimulus for us to discuss in the next two weeks ;-)
The Gove announcement makes it even more important, in my view, that teachers discuss the sorts of things we plan to do in this hotseat in order that we might take an informed position in the debate and (hopefully) be able to contribute ideas and thinking that transcends the political and cost-cutting thinking that is most often at the heart of these sorts of decisions.
Who am I?
This hotseat will be facilitated by Derek Wenmoth and team from CORE Education.
Find out more about the CORE Hotseat team here.
What is a Hotseat?
A Hot Seat is an asynchronous, topic-based discussion forum led by a facilitator or group of facilitators. A hotseat provides an opportunity to engage with others in discussing and exploring in depth some of the ideas and issues around a particular theme or topic. Instead of merely reading about it, participants are encouraged to share ideas and provide feedback. The role of the facilitator(s) is to prompt, provoke, guide and encourage critical thinking.
This is the first of our three hotseats in this programme! The three hotseats we'll be participating in are as follows:
- 12 - 20 January 2012 - Exploring the impact of ICTs in education. (incl, learning theory, research evidence.)
- 15 - 29 February 2012 - Virtual learning environments - conditions for effective use.
- 01 - 15 April 2012 - Looking to the future - exploring some of the trends and 'hot topics' for ICT in education into the future.
What about this hotseat?This hotseat is designed to encourage deeper thinking and reflection of the role and impact of ICTs in teaching and learning. With so much emphasis, and so much money being spent on ICTs in recent years, it is important that educators are engaging critically and reflectively to ensure that their adoption of ICTs isn't simply based on what happens to be the 'latest fad', but is the result of well researched and intentional use of ICTs to support selected pedagogical approaches.
These hotseats will explore what the some of the issues are, what some of the underlying thinking and assumptions are, what the research is telling us and what are some of the practical things we can be doing to be effective in our use of ICTs in teaching and learning.
How to participate
You are invited to participate in this hotseat to the extent that you are able. You will get out of the experience what you put into it, and the more people who contribute the more lively and more beneficial the discussions that follow are.
There are two main things you need to do:
(a) READ the material that has been provided as a 'starter' for this hotseat. These can be found here:
(b) PARTICIPATE in the discussions that follow each section, and CONTRIBUTE your ideas and questions to learn more about this important issue.
We look forward to engaging with you!
About CORE Education:
CORE Education is a not-for-profit educational research and development based organisation located in New Zealand, with an international reputation for support and promotion of the use of new technologies for learning across all education and training sectors.CORE Education is devoted to improving education, and therefore ensures it is not only at the forefront of educational matters, but leading them.